Can I text 911 if I am unable to call?

YES! If you are in an emergency situation and cannot call 911 (due to the nature of the emergency or if you are hard of hearing, deaf or speech impaired) you can text 911 as an alternative. The numbers '911' should be entered in the 'To' field and the message should contain the location of the emergency and they type of help needed. Dialing 911 and speaking with a Telecommunicator is always preferable. Call if you can, ONLY text if you can't.

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1. What is 911?
2. When should I dial 911?
3. When should I use the non-emergency number?
4. Are there times when I shouldn't call 911 or the non-emergency number?
5. Why do the telecommunicators ask so many questions when I just want them to hurry and send someone?
6. What information do I need when I call 911?
7. What if I do not know my 911 address?
8. What if I need a new 911 address?
9. What about school closings or power and cable outages?
10. What if I call 911 by mistake?
11. If I dial 911 from my cellular phone, will the telecommunicator know where I'm calling from?
12. Can E911 Communications assist callers that do not speak English?
13. Can I text 911 if I am unable to call?
14. If I call 911 from my cell phone, why does my call sometimes get transferred to another agency?
15. How does the 911 Center know my location and telephone number when I call from a cell phone?
16. What are some tips to consider when calling from a mobile?